“Workers’ children in the area are not admitted in the Government schools in Delhi as they cannot provide the documents the Delhi Government Schools ask for.” (Worker X, Case Study: Taking Liberties)
Labour Behind the Label and War on Want are reporting gross violations of workers rights in two Delhi factories producing garments for M&S, Debenhams, Next Monsoon and Arcadia.
Taking Liberties, cites exploitative labour practices such as unregistered living in slum housing, precarious labour through non-contractual temporary employment, threats and violence against workers through hired security in anti-union workplace environment, poverty wages (workers paid less than ½ a living wage), and forced overtime.
The report is asking M&S, Debenhams, Next Monsoon and Arcadia to:
- Take concrete steps to ensure freedom of association and collective bargaining in Gurgaon
- Develop clear benchmarks for paying a minimum living wage, based on the Asia Floor Wage figures
- Address purchasing practices that impact on wages, in particular the costing in of a living wage to prices
- Eliminate the use of short term contract labour in supply chains
- Work with others, especially workers and their unions, to translate aspirational codes into reality
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